Caterer Salary

The average Caterer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.90 per hour. Slightly less than a fifth get medical and dental insurance, and around an eighth get vision plans, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$20,859 - $59,194
$21K
$34K
$59K
MEDIAN: $33,766
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$8.47 - $17.68
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MEDIAN: $11.90
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$20,859 - $59,194  
   
Bonus
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$18,663 - $42,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.47 - $17.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.48  
Overtime
$6.30 - $26.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$2,000  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,663 - $42,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 90

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Job Description for Caterer

The position of a caterer, sometimes known as a server, requires strong customer service skills and the ability to please others, as they are responsible for serving food in locations ranging from hotels to restaurants, wedding receptions, and other special events.

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Caterer Tasks

  • Prepare a large amount of food for consumption at various events.
  • Communicate with clients to determine needs and create custom menus when required.
  • Maintain inventory of food supplies and restock as necessary.
  • Perform setup, banquet display, and breakdown of catering events.

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Pay by Experience Level for Caterer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Caterers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Caterers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $25K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $26K. For Caterers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $30K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Caterer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $31K.

Key Stats for Caterer

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Caterer Salaries

Late-Career
▲14%

Experienced
▲9%

National Average
$27,000

Mid-Career
▼5%

Entry-Level
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 81%
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